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Aerobatic Lineup

The Wings over Waukesha Aerobatic portion of our Air Show starting at 2:00 p.m. both August 23rd and 24th will feature some of the best aerobatic performers in the country, including International Award Winning Patty Wagstaf, Dave Dacy, and Mike Vaknin.

Sky Knights
Members of the Sky Knights Sports Parachute Club demonstration team glide through the air opening the acrobatic portion of the Wings Over Waukesha Airshow. Skydive Milwaukee™ is the home of the historic Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club. They’ve been training first jump students in East Troy, WI for over 49 years.
Patty Wagstaff
Patty competed in the US Aerobatic Team until 1996. She was the top U.S. medal winner, winning gold, silver and bronze medals in international competition for several years. In 1987 she earned the Rolly Cole memorial award for her contributions to the aerobatic sports, and in 1991, she won her first of three US National Aerobatic Championships, the first woman to win that competition. Western Flyer’s Magazine readers chose her as their favorite pilot. She was the International Aerobatic Club champion in 1993.
Dave Dacy & Tony Kazian
Whether performing a solo aerobatic routine, or with wingwalker, Tony Kazian, ‘on board’, the Super Stearman brings the thrill, excitement, smoke and noise of true airshow entertainment! In a low level, aggressive aerobatic display of barnstorming manoeuvres Dave Dacy’s self-styled routine in the Super Stearman continues to be a ‘front page’ story, captivating the attention of event attendees, sponsors and media alike. The incredible talents and capabilities of two highly skilled professionals come together as Dave Dacy and Tony Kazian present a tremendous aerobatic wingwalking performance that is ‘second to none’.
Decathlon: Dr. Bill Blank Dr. Bill Blank
Bill is a senior AME and retired Ophthalmologist. He began flying aerobatics 34 years ago when he took a 10-hour aerobatic course from airshow pilot, Pete Meyers and has been teaching aerobatics for 29 years. He began flying airshows in 1987 and obtained a level 1 surface waiver in 1989. He has flown in over 160 airshows and given over 1400 hrs. of aerobatic flight instruction mostly in Decathlons. Bill has over 5000 hours total time and 3700 in a Decathlon. He holds an ASEL. MEL, and SES ratings and also has COMM and CFII ratings.
Michael Vaknin
Michael’s passion for flight started at the age of 18, as a paratrooper, and later as an airborne instructor. In his 4 years of service, Michael has performed hundreds of static line jumps, sky-dives from C-130′s, DC-3′s and more! Passion for aviation led Michael to take flying lessons and earn his commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates. Instructing at local flight schools Michael logged hundreds of hours helping new pilots achieve their goals in aviation.
James Paul Leavelle
James served 23 years in the US Air Force. First 7 years as a F-4 and F-16 Crewchief. 2500+ hours in the A-10 Warthog with 6 combat deployments to the Middle East. Numerous decorations to include 5 Air Medals. James has 6000+ hours flying time in such aircraft as the T-37, T-38, A-10, B-17, B-25, WACO, Luscombe, Cub, L-39, Stearman, Extra, corporate jets, as well as a variety of other aircraft to including this T-6 Texan.